Walmart buys electric delivery vehicles

Walmart has signed a definitive agreement with high-tech advanced mobility company Canoo to purchase 4,500 all-electric delivery vehicles, starting with the Lifestyle Delivery Vehicle (LDV), with the option to purchase up to 10 000 units. The vehicles will deliver online orders in a sustainable way, contributing to Walmart’s goal of achieving zero emissions by 2040.

With the LDV expected to hit the road in 2023, companies are rolling out early deliveries to refine and finalize vehicle configurations in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex in the coming weeks.

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As with all Canoo vehicles, the American-built LDV is built on an exclusive Versatile Platform Architecture that integrates the motors, battery module and other essential driving components. The vehicle features a cab optimized for last mile delivery and a customized cargo space. Canoo uses true steer-by-wire technology, which reduces moving parts and cabin intrusion, resulting in more usable interior space, improved driver ergonomics and the addition of a panoramic window for improve visibility on the road.

The LDV is designed for high-frequency intermittent deliveries and rapid vehicle-to-door drop-off, including grocery and food/meal delivery. Its customized interior is designed for the delivery of small parcels at competitive prices per stop. The modular design and 120 cubic foot cargo volume are adaptable to fit customer needs, helping to reduce investment per unit over time.

“We are proud to have been selected by Walmart, one of the most sophisticated buyers in the world, to supply our high-tech, all-electric, American-made delivery vehicle to add to their impressive capabilities. logistics,” Tony Aquila said. , investor, chairman and CEO of Canoo, based in Bentonville, Arkansas, which has teams in California, Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas. “Our LCV has the turning radius of a small passenger vehicle on a compact, parking-friendly footprint, but the payload and cargo space of a commercial delivery vehicle. This is the winning algorithm. to compete seriously in the race for last-mile delivery globally. Walmart’s massive store footprint provides a strategic advantage in today’s growing “Need Now” mindset and an opportunity unparalleled growth [electric vehicle] demand, especially at the current gas price.

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Canoo’s electric vehicles will be driven by Walmart associates and used to deliver online orders ranging from groceries to general merchandise, with the added potential to be used by Walmart’s GoLocal delivery-as-a-service company. of the company.

“We are excited to continue to diversify our last-mile delivery fleet with Canoo’s unique and sustainable all-electric technology, which will provide our associates with safe and ergonomic delivery vehicles,” said David Guggina, senior vice president of innovation and automation at Walmart US “Today, the closest Walmart to customers is right in their pockets – it’s the Walmart app. By continuing to expand our last-mile delivery fleet in a sustainable way, we’re able to offer customers and Walmart+ members even greater access to same-day deliveries while keeping costs low.

In addition to operating dedicated fulfillment centers, Walmart uses 3,800 of its stores, located within 10 miles of 90% of the US population, to fulfill online orders. The retailer uses a combination of Walmart associates, independent contractors driving on the Spark Driver Network, third-party delivery service providers and, in some locations, self-driving vehicles and drones, to make deliveries. Through its extensive last-mile delivery network, Walmart is able to reach 80% of the US population with same-day delivery of a growing assortment of items.

“We are encouraged that by being located close to Canoo’s headquarters, we have the advantage of collaborating and innovating in real time as well as the opportunity to help create manufacturing jobs and of technology here in our home state of Arkansas. added Guggina.

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Canoo plans to start production of LCVs from the fourth quarter of this year.

Every week, approximately 230 million customers and members visit Walmart’s more than 10,500 stores and numerous e-commerce websites under 46 banners in 24 countries. The company employs approximately 2.3 million people worldwide.

This story originally appeared on Progressive Grocer.